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An Analysis about the Elementary School Teachers` Perception of Classroom Space Utilization
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An Analysis about the Elementary School Teachers` Perception of Classroom Space Utilization
Suk, Min-Chul; Rieu, Ho-Seoup;
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The purpose of this study was to survey teachers` perception of classroom space utilization through analyzing the physical environment of elementary school classrooms (56 classrooms in 10 schools). Most of the teachers arranged desks in the two person parallel type (sectional layout : standard type) for their classes. Although the number was small, some classrooms used the T type, H type, U type, group type, and the teachers of such cases used these layouts for children`s play activities or group learning. Some teachers changed the desk layout depending on the contents of learning or for different atmosphere of class, but about 40% of the teachers used the same classroom layout without any change during a semester. When the teachers` perception of classroom space utilization was examined according to the type and change of desk layout, the quantity and characteristics of posts, the position of posting spaces, and the size of activity spaces in the classroom, most of the teachers tended to be conventional without any characteristic, and only 16% of them were relatively active in utilizing classroom spaces. In addition, teachers of a relatively small class were more active in utilizing classroom spaces. In particular, perception was very low to utilize the classroom as a space for children`s life or play activities or various types of learning. These findings suggest that it is necessary to improve teachers` perception of classroom space utilization in the future.
Elementary School;Classroom;Classroom Utilization;Teachers` Perception;Classroom lay-out;Desk arrangements;
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